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By Alex Williamson The Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (the Regulations) are 25 years old this year. An evaluation by the European Commission concluded in 2015 that the underlying Commercial Agents Directive (the Directive) still met its objectives and functioned well. However, a recent Court of Appeal decision has shown that the legislation is struggling to […]

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At a recent speech given at the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre’s first anniversary, the former attorney general Lord Goldsmith reminisced about his early days as a lawyer. After setting up his own pro bono legal advice centre for teenagers in Bethnal Green, Goldsmith decided he had to find a way to get down with […]

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